Hi there! My name is Lauren. I’m an engineer by day, I manage the Houston Dinner Club group, and this is my website. I am a native Houstonian, who loves this great city and pretty much the entire state of Texas. I enjoy travelling, spin classes, volunteering with rodeo, entertaining, and of course, enjoying great food with friends.
ABOUT THE DINNER CLUB
The dinner club started with a few coworkers that wanted to get together to go try different restaurants in Houston. We all wanted to try the same places, but we didn’t have anyone to go with – so we united forces and decided to all go together somewhere once a month, and we recruited a few others to join us. We made a few rules.
1. The club is invitation only. And invitations are only extended to people that everyone in the club agrees upon adding.
This one seems obvious. Who wants to go to dinner with people that are painful to be around? We all want to be around interesting, friendly, cool people with whom we can share meals, laughs, and real conversations. No one can go rogue and surprise us all by inviting their “super funny” friend who is actually just super obnoxious. We all know and like each other, and the club has a happy, relaxed vibe because of that.
2. The club stays small (8 people max).
This rule came about because it keeps the dinner more family-style and makes group conversation easier. No one likes yelling down to the other end of the table. It also makes it much easier to get dinner reservations. No party rooms necessary.
3. No significant others allowed.
This rule is smart for three reasons. 1. We provide an outlet for people who need a break from their S.O. 2. In the case of a break-up, who would stay and who would go? We will just avoid that awkward drama altogether, thankyouverymuch. 3. The single people never should feel like they are on one massive group date, or like they need to bring a plus one.
So, here we are, a couple years and at least 25 restaurants later, and everyone agrees that dinner club is one the highlights of the month and a favorite social circle. Few things are better than sharing meals with friends, but I like to think it is more than that. Through the different ups and downs we all encounter, the dinner club is a constant and members are there for each other to listen, laugh, and talk. I am so grateful for this group of wonderful individuals, and this blog is my tribute to them, as much as it is to the wonderful food of Houston.
If you are considering starting your own dinner club, then this website can perhaps be a resource for you. We would love to hear about your dining adventures or suggestions! Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or reach out to us via Instagram at @houstondinnerclub.